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FreedomWorks Ranks DC Lawmakers

SANFORD, SCOTT SHINE – GRAHAM, RICE AND WILSON GET LOW MARKS Given the incessant, seemingly irreversible barrage of pro-establishment propaganda emanating from America’s special interest-driven “think tanks” and mainstream media outlets, it is nice to know there are still a few entities out there willing to hold their government accountable….

SANFORD, SCOTT SHINE – GRAHAM, RICE AND WILSON GET LOW MARKS

Given the incessant, seemingly irreversible barrage of pro-establishment propaganda emanating from America’s special interest-driven “think tanks” and mainstream media outlets, it is nice to know there are still a few entities out there willing to hold their government accountable.

You know … as opposed to asking “how high?” when instructed to “jump.”

Take advocacy groups like Americans for Limited Government, research foundations like The Cato Institute or websites like Zero Hedge.  These entities are exceptions to the rule in our country … organizations which genuinely put the interests of American taxpayers and citizens first.

Another such group is Freedomworks, which recently launched its scorecards for members of the U.S. Congress.

Pacing the U.S. House?  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan – whom this website has effusively praised in the past.  Amash was the only House member to earn a perfect 100 percent score on Freedomworks’ scorecards.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford received the highest score of South Carolina’s delegation – registering a 93 percent rating.  He was followed by Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan (81 percent each), Trey Gowdy (76 percent) and Joe Wilson and Tom Rice (67 percent apiece).

Rice and Wilson both received deductions for supporting a compromise budget bill that eliminated the modest spending cuts agreed to by lawmakers in 2011.  Both also lost points for supporting an open-ended debt ceiling increase and the extension of demonstrably failed federal farm subsidies.

Hmmmm … so much for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s promise that Rice (whom she helped propel to victory in the seventh district race last year) would “fight for us” and “do the right thing” in Washington, D.C.

Fortunately Haley’s appointment to the U.S. Senate did much better, though.  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott scored a 91 percent on Freedomworks’ scorecard – compared to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s abysmal 52 percent score.

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) paced the Senate with perfect 100 percent scores, followed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) at 98 percent.

To view the Freedomworks’ scorecards (including a description of each vote), click on the link below …

2013 FREEDOMWORKS SCORECARDS 

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14 comments

CNSYD December 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

If Sanfraud is at the top of any list, except the asshole. liar, etc. lists, then the list is meaningless.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

TBG’s congresscritter, Jim Clyburn scored a 30.

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jimlewisowb December 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

A Cockroach Stomptheshitoutof List, what a novel idea

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Smirks December 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Koch Brothers-spawned group gives Ted Cruz and Mike Lee 100s. Also, scientists have discovered water is wet. More at 11.

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Fits Aint No Republican December 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I’m surpised as Hell!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

…water is wet.

At the risk of sounding “Kiplingesque”, rumor has it that fire will burn us….

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TheSaltMiner December 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Too bad they don’t include individual freedom in the scales too–we’d probably see a lot more dismal results. It just doesn’t really make sense to me to preach economic freedom while telling everyone what they can and can’t do in the privacy of their own home.

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nitrat December 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Who would have ever anticipated that in the land of the free and the home of the brave, it would be considered a good thing for anyone to agree with anyone 100% of the time?
It indicates a lack of capacity for independent thought.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

That’s why Rand Paul @ 98% rules. RULES!!!

*Poundz fist*

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Slartibartfast December 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Freedomworks is not one of my favorites. They came late to the dance and ignored a lot of the history of some of the votes. Sanford, f’r’instance, got their higher rating because HE WASN’T THERE FOR THE EARLY, HARD VOTES. The Senators, in many cases, were voting on different measures with similar names. You just try living in that sewer on the Potomac and still maintaining a conscience. DC is where the good is slammed by the media and the bad is worshiped.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

f’r’instance

Mad … MAD props for the use that word, Homie!!!

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Slartibartfast December 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Yes, I admit it! I stole it from MAD….. & a tip of the Hatlo hat to yerself, sir!

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tally'ho December 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Sanford just got extra points because his friend with benefits, Analista Internationale, is a megaphone for the liberty message on infoBae. She “truly believes in freedom.”

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euwe max December 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm

FreedomWorks Executive Vice PresidentAdam Brandon said he’d rather see the tea party “take over the GOP” than create a third party.

In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal published Dec. 5, Brandon dismissed the idea of the tea party becoming a third party, saying “eventually, the main tea party will go away and slowly take over the GOP.”

Ronald Reagan used to say, “Somebody who agrees with me 80 percent of the time is a friend and ally, not a 20 percent traitor.”

But in today’s GOP, the best way to soak the base for scads of cash is to call your enemy a traitor, even if he’s a Republican.

FreedomWorks is on the record supporting the telecommunications industry’s position on network neutrality. Broadband Internet companies like Verizon and AT&T would like to create “tiers” or “lanes” on the information superhighway:

Their own content and services would be delivered using the fast lane; companies like Google and Amazon would be charged high fees to travel in the middle lane; and the rest of the web would be relegated to the slow lane.

That would be dangerous for innovators, small businesses and nonprofits – but beneficial to the telecom and media companies who want to be able to sell their own movies, music and television shows while slowing down their subscribers if they surf over to a competitor’s site. It would also radically change our experience of the Internet as our link to democratic discourse and our window onto the world of ideas, with no company blocking or making our access to any web site of our choice more difficult.

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